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    March 5, 2011
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captioning sponsored by cbs >> mitchell: and good evening. it has been another day of fierce fighting, death, and surprise attacks in libya as the battle for the country rages on this weekend. and muammar qaddafi fights to stay in power. let's take a look at the latest. qaddafi forces mounted a fierce attack on the rebel-held town of zawiyah, while the rebel captured the key oil port of ras lanuf. and france and the u.k. continue to push for a no-fly zone over libya. we begin our coverage with mark phillips in tripoli. >> the situation there is quiet and peaceful. >> reporter: twice today, muammar qaddafi's government claimed it had taken control of the strategic town of zawiyah and released aerial gun camera footage which it said proved it. the government forces had moved in to the town to try to dislodge rebels once before and were beaten back.
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then they went in again with the full armored assault. a reporter from britain's sky news is the only western correspondent there. >> we were under sustained attack by qaddafi's forces now. it appears to be trying to retake zawiyah. you can hear enormous shelling. it got closer and closer. we're now taken refuge inside the mosque. very sustained gunfire. the rebels have armed themselves because they got a number of defections from the army but they appear to be unable to stop them from advancing and they are getting closer and closer. >> reporter: but the rebels later claimed they were in control of the town having beaten off the government advance again. >> about 6:00. >> 6:00. >> to 12:00. this boom-boom continue. >> reporter: zawiyah is so critical because it's a virtual suburb of tripoli. by far, the closest rebel incursion to the capital. it's a sign that opposition to qaddafi is not limited to eastern libya.
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in fact, it's getting bolder within tripoli itself. >> you shouldn't record my face because my brother was arrested yesterday. >> reporter: okay, we won't, then. opponents of the regime face great risk in speaking to us but they're getting increasingly desperate. do you think people will continue to-- >> yes. >> reporter: people continue to protest? >> yes. >> reporter: the qaddafi family says it's all outsiders, it's al qaeda, it's people on drugs. what do you say to that? >> you believe this? >> reporter: i'm just telling you what they say. >> you believe? >> reporter: what do you say? >> it's a big lie. it's very big. >> reporter: the battle for zawiyah isn't over. doctors in the town say the death toll has already reached about 60, about half of those civilian from indiscriminate shelling. the government unit in the town is the infamous hamise brigade, named for and led by one of muammar qaddafi's sons, and is about the most feared unit in
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the libyan army. the rebels say they're bracing for another attack. ruse. >> mitchell: mark, we've seen some libyan army units go over to the rebels. is there any thought that could happen around tripoli as well? >> reporter: well, that is exactly the key. in the east country, many of the army units were already considered to be less loyal than the ones here in tripoli. here the units are very closely connected to are the regime, very closely connected as we've seen to members of the qaddafi family. as long as they stand, so can he. >> mitchell: mark fill nips tripoli, thanks. let's take a look now at which side controls what in libya. the rebels homeland the areas in red, eastern cities from tu brock to benghazi to the major port of ras lanuf. qaddafi's forces still hold the green areas from serte to tripoli. rebel forces appear to control an area south of the capital. the rebels capture the town of
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ras lanuf late on friday and discovered muammar qaddafi still has some major firepurity his disposal-- an air force. mandy clark has more. >> reporter: this is the ultimate trophy for the rebel fighters-- the engine of a libyan jet shot down by their anti-aircraft guns. the bodies of its two crew members lie nearby. we arrived at the town of ras lanuf today, just after the warplane was downed. the rebels were eager to give us a tour of the wreck annual. "the jet was flying over the town and the oil terminal. we were afraid it was going to bomb us," he said. incredibly, the man who shot down one of the qaddafi's warplanes was a civilian volunteer. tariq fathi bu shaala told us he took over the anti-aircraft gun at noon and fired his first and most deadly shot at 3:00.
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it was a sandstorm, i could barely see the jet, and only one barrel of the gun was working. yet another moral boost for the rebel fighters, many of whom join the battle after getting just a few minutes of weapons training. this victory has given the rebels an incredible amount of momentum. ras lanuf is yet another important oil shipping terminal and it's a piece of territory that qaddafi desperately wanted to control. the rebels have already pushed beyond ras lanuf into the town of bin jawaad where they were celebratincelebrating this afte. now they're on the road to sirte, qaddafi's home town and that could be their toughest battle yet. they need to consolidate their forces and try to get a more formal chain of command before they move on that strongly defended stronghold. today, thousands of people came
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out for the funerals, a reminder of the high price of people of eastern libya have already paid in the first weeks of this revolution. mandy clark, cbs news, ras lanuf, libya. >> mitchell: today the french foreign minister confirmed britain and france were continuing to press the u.n. to establish a no-fly zone over libya to prevent civilians from being call the in the bombings. bob orr now on the diplomacy dilemma that poses for washington. >> reporter: with fighting intensifying and qaddafi apparently digging in, pressure is building on the obama administration to back up its tough talk. >> it is maneuvered itself to a intaigz where in effect, i wonder who is really stuck-- us or qaddafi? >> reporter: saying he wanted to be unambiguous, the president thursday called out qaddafi. >> colonel qaddafi needs to step down from power and leave.
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>> reporter: but the libyan strongman has ignored the demand, so now what. >> if they want him out, in the end, they may have to go get him. >> reporter: u.s. military forces are gathering in the mediterranean. two amphibious ships with 1200 marines are preparing for humanitarian missions but there are no apparent plans for the marines to go ashore. two descroirs and at least one submarine, all armed with cruise missiles, are ready to support possible no-fly zones but defense secretary gates has warned the no-fly option would require a substantial u.s. military commitment. >> let's just call a spade a spade-- a no-fly zone begins with an attack on libya. >> reporter: there's little appetite inside the administration administration for a "go it alone" attack. and while the u.n. may consider a no-fly zone there is no consensus. it seems to me that our strategy in part is we're just kind of
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hoping he goes away. >> well, and hope, of course, is not a strategy. >> reporter: michael sing, who worked middle east issues for the bush administration, says time is another enemy. as lib yoo veers toward a possible civil war, u.s. inaction may be seen as weakness. >> the u.s. reputation in libya and the region would probably suffer a blow if we're seen to rhetorically support the people there but not be willing to take action. >> reporter: the u.s. dilemma over qaddafi goes beyond qaddafi. even if he steps down, the white house will likely have little influence about what happens next. russ. >> mitchell: bob orr at the white house, thanks, bob. back in this country, a powerful storm system barreled across the south and up to the great lakes today bringing with it drenching rains and deadly winds. heavy rain swamped cleveland and indianapolis, threatening to send rivers is and streams over their banks, but hardest hit was rayne, louisiana, where a suspected tornado ripped through town. a woman was killed when a tree fell on her home. a dozen are others were hurt. at least 100 homes have been
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destroyed or damaged. earlier, i spoke with rashid, a local mail carrier, whose truck was overturned by the violent winds. >> i got out of the vehicle and noticed that the whole street and houses all nearby that i had just thriferred to no longer existed. >> mitchell: tell me what is going through your mind as all of this is going on. >> i really thought i was going to die when it first started. i thought about my wife and my son and i said i need to come home to them. >> mitchell: meanwhile b150 miles to the east rain-soaked revelers but did little to stop their mardi draw party. still ahead on tonight's cbs evening news, after a bp spill, a florida town tells college students the party is back on.
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>> mitchell: the coast is clear in florida. after last year's pp oil spill and disastrous tourist season, many towns along the gulf coast are counting on college students to pour much-needed cash back into the economy. with spring break set to start, elaine quijano in panama city tells us that party feeling is back. >> reporter: spring doesn't officially start for another two weeks, but in panama city beach, florida, spring break has already arrived. >> i love it here, and i'm glad that i got some sun. the weather is beautiful this whole week so it's so nice. >> reporter: this weekend kicks off the tourist season here, now critically important after last year's disastrous season. >> we're a tear. 2010 was going to be a wonderful year furst. i mean all things were lining up. the deepwater horizon oil spill changed that. >> reporter: as oil gushed into the gulf last year, panama
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city beach escaped the worst effects. its white sand beaches were largely untouched except for a few tarballs. but oil washing up in alabama and louisiana scared tourists away from northwest florida. jimmy patronis, coowner of captain anderson's restaurant, felt the effects. >> when the incident got into my pocketbook and i was unable to employ the level of staff i want to, that's what hurts. >> reporter: michael bennett, who owns sharkie's restaurant, and a string of beachside hotels, watched his business drop by 20% last season. >> the view of a lot of people was all of the gulf coast was tangled. >> reporter: this year the city hopes to move beyond the oil spills and pack these prestine beaches with some 350,000 college students for spring break this month. last year, local officials wanted to move away from the image made popular on m.t.v. as the city of a destination mainly for college students, but this year, eager for any visitors,
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the tourism board has actively marketed the city through students, reaching out through facebook and trips upon to college campuses. each year, spring break visitors spend an estimated $100 million at panama city beach. now michael bennett is optimistic. >> it's very important, 15% to 20% of our years in these 30-45 days. >> reporter: 15-20%. that's pretty significant. >> it is. it's very important, economically, very important to us, as well as to panama city beach. >> reporter: a successful spring break would help boost morale, too. >> they're ready to get beyond the oil spill. people want to get back to normal. >> reporter: a return to the business of sun, sand, and surf, the economic lifeblood of this community. elaine quijano, cbs news, panama city beach, florida. >> mitchell: well, fasten your seat belt-- driving to florida for spring break is going to cost you. gas prices have jumped 16 cent in the past week. nationwide, pump prices average
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$3.49 a gallon for unleaded regular. turmoil in the middle east is to blame. and just ahead on tonight's cbs evening news, a bittersweet future for america's chocolate town.
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>> mitchell: for america's loorm unemployed, this is a weekend for cautious optimism at
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best. the latest job report shows unemployment dropping to 8.9% and the economy adding 192,000 new jobs, more than 13 million americans remain unemployed. and as the public service union standoff continue continues in , the nation's high unemployment rate is keeping the pressure on private sector union as well. as seth doane tells us, in the pennsylvania town synonymous with chocolate uniworkers have been forced to make a choice. >> laurie deichert goes bowling with her mom. it's the kind of certainty she only wishes she had at work. >> i don't know if i picked the wrong field or what. >> reporter: already laid off from two factory jobs, she's worried about the one she has now-- wrapping those little hershey kisss that made this town famous. milton hershey started his chocolate empire here back in 1903. since then hershey, pennsylvania
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has become known as the sweetest place on earth. even the lamp posts are wrapped like chocolate, but hard times have come to hershey. >> in 19 years there's been over 2,000 jobs lost. >> reporter: more than 200 jobs were moved to mexico in 2009. now hershey will lay off up to 600 more people this year as the company modernizes its plant. workers without enough seniority, like deichert, could lose their jobs. >> when i do think about it i get teary eyed and it just makes it worse. >> reporter: what are you thinking about? >> what you're going to do next. >> reporter: we sat down with deichert and her colleagues at local 464. this june, this union faced a tough choice. hershey would shut down the plant unless workers agreed to another huge layoff, a third of its workforce. you all as union had to vote against some of your own members to keep some of the jobs, to keep hershey-- >> absolutely. >> reporter: in town. >> they've got to your head. that's what it was.
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they put a gun to your head and said, "if you don't sign this contract, we're leaving." and nobody will have a job. >> how dare they! >> reporter: gone are the days of organizing strikes for better benefits. now the union is organizing financial planning seminars to prepare for layoffs. >> i have a grandfather that worked there. my father worked there. >> reporter: after 40 years with hershey, 59-year-old mike garson is taking a buyout with a year's severance. >> i could sell this house and downsize. we'll get by. that's all i could say. >> reporter: hershey wouldn't talk with us on camera but e-mailed a statement focusing on the expansion and modernization of their plant in pennsylvania. "this project will help ensure the long-term competitiveness of the hershey company." the future for some of the people here isn't so certain. >> i'm not sure my children are going to have those opportunities that i had. >> reporter: the story here in hershey is by no means unique. it raises the questions many communities are struggling to answer-- what happens when these
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decent-paying manufacturing jobs simply disappear? it's just that here the remind of the importance of this company seems everywhere. seth doane, cbs news, hershey, pennsylvania. >> mitchell: and still ahead on tonight's cbs evening news, the boys of winter living the dream at fantasy baseball camp.
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>> mitchell: finally this evening, spring training is well under way for major league baseball, but anthony mason tells us about some boys of winter paying to play the game for sheer fantasy. >> let's go now, fella. >> reporter: for one week every year, 53-year-old david kaufman, known as "doc" puts on a cincinnati reds uniform and lives the dream. >> somehow when you get between the white lines that fantasy comes through and you picture yourself as a ballpark. so it's wonderful. >> reporter: in real life, kaufman is a breast cancer surgeon, but for the past 15 years he's come to the reds training camp in phoenix and for $4,000 he gets to play baseball with the pros. >> way to get that lead-off hitter! good job, boys! >> reporter: fantasy baseball camp is open to anyone over 30. >> hey, twirchgle toes! >> reporter: but the average
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age here is 50. many, like doc, come back year after year, a unique brotherhood of baseball die hards. >> some of my best friends in life now are people i met in baseball camp. you guys are out of your minds. >> reporter: the reds coaches and trainers sort out teams according to skill level and treat campers like real players-- sort of. >> we're not laughing at you. we're laughing-- yeah, we are. we're laughing at you ( laughter ). >> reporter: between the jokes and endless needling. >> >> that's a linda ron stad. >> through by you. >> reporter: these guys are serious. >> if you have competitive juices, i don't think the age makes any difference. >> reporter: former stars like billy hatcher add the majic. >> these guys, they strike out, they're upset, and, you know, they want to win. >> reporter: retired pitcher brad "the animal" lesley add the color. >> that isa boy! >> reporter: at 73, cliff thornsburg is the oldest fantasy
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camperrer. he as the heart and a decent curveball. >> if you're physically able you get to be a kid again for a we week. >> reporter: thornsburg pitched nine innings, played third base and was designated runner for men 20 years younger. >> it feels great to me. it makes me feel young. >> reporter: no everyone fares will as weapon. mishappens occur. >> oh! >> reporter: but there's no crying in baseball. >> yeah, yeah, yeah! >> get through, get through, get through! >> no matter how much pain we're in, my muscles are sore, my legs hurt, i have 51 weeks to heal. >> reporter: when a winner emerges, traditions are dutifully upheld. >> can on, man! >> reporter: and the friendships formed on this field of dreams are cemented for another year. >> we're going to disney world. >> disney world! >> reporter: anthony mason, cbs news, new york. >> mitchell: that is great. and that is the cbs evening news. thanks for joining thus saturday evening. i'm russ mitchell in new york.
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